Opening of new lanes for I-20 in Columbia delayed

hcahill@thestate.comJune 26, 2014 

— Wednesday night rain forced motorists to wait one more day to travel on three new lanes of Interstate 20 set to open Thursday morning.

The lanes flowing eastbound will now be open on Friday at 7 a.m. The three westbound lanes set to open at 6 a.m. Friday have also been pushed back. They will open at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

State Secretary of Transportation Janet P. Oakley said in a news release that the openings are great news for motorists who use one of the busiest sections of interstate highway in the Midlands.

“Original estimates to get where we are now were up to three years,” Oakley said.

The project spans from Interstate 77 to just east of Spears Creek Church Road, Exit 82, and consists of widening up to six miles of I-20 from four lanes of concrete pavement to six lanes. It will also install noise barrier walls, widen the westbound bridge over Alpine Road and replace the eastbound bridge over Alpine Road.

In the final stages to come, S.C. DOT plans to include asphalt paving, grinding the concrete roadway, guardrail work and removal of the temporary barrier wall.

The widening project will continue throughout the summer and the interstate will be subject to periodical nighttime lane closures.

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